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Sheldon Richardson | Defensive Lineman | #91

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/29/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 295
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (13) / NYJ
Contract: view contract details

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Seahawks acquired DE Sheldon Richardson from the Jets in exchange for Jermaine Kearse and 2018 second-round pick.
The teams are also swapping seventh-round picks. It is quite a deal for Seattle, who unloads an overpaid receiver plus a pick for one of the more talented defensive linemen in the league. Richardson will join a front seven which already contains Bobby Wagner, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, K.J. Wright, Frank Clark, and more. With Richardson owed just over $8 million in the final year of his deal, Seattle may look to work out an extension. Sep 1 - 3:06 PM

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Jets DE Sheldon Richardson said teams wanted him to take a pay cut as part of a trade.

The Jets have been trying to move Richardson for seemingly ever. He has drawn interest, but it seems like his $8.1 million salary is a point of contention. "There was one team that asked me to take a pay cut ... and it was Seattle. And Washington too," Richardson said. "There were a lot of offers. A lot of good offers. You’d be surprised." The Jets are reportedly still looking to trade Richardson, but there does not seem to be much optimism something will get done.
Aug 3 - 12:10 PM

NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes reports the Jets are "still looking to trade" Sheldon Richardson.

As they undoubtedly will until the trade deadline, but it is not a given they will be able to find a buyer. ESPN's Rich Cimini reported there was "nothing cooking" in trade talks in early June. Richardson is owed $8.1 million in the final year of his deal.
Jul 20 - 10:16 AM

ESPN's Rich Cimini reports there's "nothing cooking on the Sheldon Richardson trade front."

The rebuilding Jets have been shopping Richardson for months and even got a few nibbles from the Cowboys and Redskins during the draft, but it looks like trade discussions have quieted in recent weeks. At this point, New York's best option would probably be for Richardson to play well early in the year to increase his value leading up to the trade deadline.
Jun 11 - 9:14 AM

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports the Jets are still shopping DE Sheldon Richardson.

The Jets had discussions with the Cowboys and Redskins during the draft but both teams balked at having to pay Richardson's fully guaranteed $8.1 million salary. Per Mehta, the Jets have lowered their asking price and will continue to entertain trade offers for Richardson as he enters his walk year. Mehta is hearing there's a "50-50" chance he'll be dealt this summer.
Apr 29 - 7:13 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Jets have been "making calls" regarding a potential Sheldon Richardson trade.

The Jets are making a last-ditch effort to move Richardson, a player they've been unsuccessfully shopping all offseason. Richardson is a one-time Pro Bowler and a former Rookie of the Year but teams have been hesitant to give up a pick for him as he enters his walk year. This weekend might be the Jets' last chance to trade him.
Apr 28 - 4:50 PM

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson attended voluntary workouts last week.

He missed the first day but was present for the rest of the week. Richardson has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason, which fueled speculation that he might not show up for OTAs. ESPN's Rich Cimini expects the Jets to give up on shopping Richardson if they can't find a trade partner by Saturday. As a pricy rental coming off a down year, Richardson is likely staying put.
Apr 23 - 10:18 AM

According to ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini, "there doesn't appear to be much interest" in DE Sheldon Richardson.

Richardson's slim trade prospects got even thinner last week when the Colts bolstered their defensive line by signing Johnathan Hankins to a three-year deal. The Cowboys and Raiders have been mentioned as potential fits, though teams have been reluctant to take on Richardson's $8.1 million salary, particularly coming off a down year in 2016. Cimini wouldn't rule out a draft day trade but for now, it looks like Richardson will play out the last year of his contract in New York.
Apr 16 - 9:13 AM

According to the New York Post, a fourth-round pick is "about as much" as the Jets can hope for in exchange for DE Sheldon Richardson.

This jibes with what has been reported, especially since the Eagles acquired DT Timmy Jernigan by merely exchanging third-round picks with the Ravens. One possible hangup is Richardson's contract-year status and word he's seeking a $100 million extension, laughable considering his off-field past and down 2016 season. A fourth- or fifth-rounder may be all that's offered, and GM Mike Maccagnan will have to weigh whether it's enough.
Apr 14 - 9:51 AM

NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes believes "odds are" the Jets will end up trading DE Sheldon Richardson on draft weekend.

There's been a ton of chatter about a Richardson trade, but no teams have been connected to him since last year's trade deadline when the Cowboys and Broncos were sniffing around. Both clubs still make a ton of sense as landing spots, with the Bengals and Chiefs also possible fits. Richardson is an elite talent, but a checkered off-field history makes teams leery of giving up anything of significance for him. The Jets might hope for a mid-round pick.
Apr 12 - 9:07 AM

NJ Advance Media's Darryl Slater predicts the Jets will still trade DE Sheldon Richardson.

The Jets really have no use for Richardson, and he's entering the final year of his contract that is set to pay him just over $8 million. For those reasons, GM Mike Maccagnan would probably like to get him off the payroll instead of waiting for a 2019 compensatory draft pick. Richardson may not fetch much more than a fourth- or fifth-rounder considering his contract, effort concerns, and lengthy off-field history. But he's certainly available for trade through draft weekend.
Apr 7 - 8:46 AM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini believes the Timmy Jernigan trade could affect what New York could get in a potential Sheldon Richardson deal.

Baltimore received only a 25-spot climb in the third round in exchange for Jernigan, a quality starter but not as dynamic as Richardson. Richardson's salary is eight times as costly as Jernigan's, however, and Richardson carries a boatload of off-field baggage. The Jets wanted a first-rounder for Richardson last year. If the Jets hold onto Richardson in 2017 and let him walk in unrestricted free agency next year, they could get a compensatory third in 2019.
Apr 5 - 10:33 AM

Jets coach Todd Bowles was non-committal on the future of DE Sheldon Richardson.

The Jets are fully expected to attempt to trade Richardson, but they might not like what they are offered. Richardson is undoubtedly talented, but he has a history of off-field issues and everyone knows the Jets want to trade him. ESPN's Rich Cimini has speculated they may have to settle for a third-round pick.
Mar 2 - 8:50 AM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini reiterated New York will "almost certainly" try to trade DE Sheldon Richardson over the next couple weeks.

Richardson is a man without a position in New York. Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams are the Jets' top two 3-4 ends, and coach Todd Bowles was forced to move Richardson around, giving him some reps at linebacker. He's a three-technique tackle and one of the better interior pass rushers in the league. The Jets will likely try to get a first-rounder in return, but may have to settle for a day-two pick. Richardson has one year left on his contract at $8.069 million, which becomes guaranteed March 9.
Feb 27 - 9:49 AM

According to ESPN's Rich Cimini, teams are only willing to trade a third-round pick for Jets RE Sheldon Richardson.

Cimini fully expects the Jets to shop Richardson, citing the team's "surplus of defensive linemen" and Richardson's immaturity. Moving Richardson would also free up $8.1 million in cap space. The Jets were hoping to get a first-rounder for Richardson leading up to the trade deadline, but nobody took the bait. If the Jets are serious about moving him, they'll need to lower their asking price.
Feb 11 - 11:08 AM

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